Feb 20Liked by William Poulos

Thanks for this piece. I fell under the spell of New Atheism and rationalist secularism during my undergrad years. By stepping back from their rhetoric and seeing their own fideistic blind spots could one evaluate the deficiencies of such a narrative. The writings of David Bentley Hart have been instrumental in “breaking the spell” of Pinker et al. historical revisionism.

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Feb 18·edited Feb 18Liked by William Poulos

Excellent piece! Similar to your experience of Hitchens I was raised with a great love for liberal society. It was only in the last 5 years I began to see how untrue it was to the very values it claimed to support. Liberal societies claim to be the most rational and yet now can no longer recognize what male and female means. They claim to be free and yet their citizens are the most enslaved to their passions and their states demands.

I would be interested if you have come across New Polity. They are an interesting post liberal group based in the Steubenville in the USA. I don't agree with everything they say but they have interesting critiques of the liberal position and do a good job of raising attention to it's underlying assumptions.

Similarly have you come across the writing's of pope Pius XI who himself critiqued elements of liberalism in his encyclical Quadragesimo anno. Which follows on from Leo XIII's writings in Rerum Novarum

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Mar 12·edited Mar 12Liked by William Poulos

Really enjoyed your piece.I’m disappointed in Johnston (and Hitchens).As,” fearless”, non tribal liberals they still have blind spots and sneer at those who have eschewed liberalism for a conservative POV-which on some level appears more like the old-left values. Everything is in a twist these days.

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As with most things, the (a?) truth can only be found by "following the money".

While I applaud the goal that everyone should have equal opportunity, the goal that everyone should have equal outcomes reminds me of Dylan who sang

"While others say don’t hate nothing at all

Except hatred."

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